Thank you everyone for your patience – I have now worked the random number generator ….. and the winner is comment number 65:
Which means – if I have counted correctly – and I do hope that I have – the winner is Michelle. Well done Michelle – I have emailed you. Thank you so much to everyone who entered, and in particular those who gave me some ideas for new softies, I shall definitely be attempting to create at least some of them over the coming months.
Though I have to say that at present I am feeling a little topsy turvey here at Coombe Leigh. This is because I have been thinking about Christmas – in particular “Christmas in July” – which is always a big event in the crafting blogosphere.
This year I’m collecting together nearly all my Christmas patterns from the last three years into a single book. I’m tweaking the older ones to bring them right up-to-date, as well as including one or two new designs. I will of course include my Fabric Deer Head (he has turned out to be one of my most popular patterns ever!) and there will also be some illustrations from Jacqui, including the one above. Here’s a sneak preview of the cover for you……
It’s no wonder then, that I’m feeling topsy-turvey with all this thinking about Christmas when there’s blossom on the apple trees and bluebells in the woods. But Christmas in July isn’t that far away, just six weeks or so, which isn’t long when you’re trying to combine more than 20 patterns into a new book.
Never mind .. Ben and Daisy will make sure that I take plenty of time out for trips to the beach and walks along the shore ….. all we need now is some more warm sunshine!
Do you remember my Fuzzypeg softie pattern? He was such fun to sew that I’ve made another – this time a friendly blue bunny in the softest felted cashmere. His tummy is Fox Hollow organic cotton, and he has the cutest woolly pompom tail. But …. he has nobody to love him. Fuzzy lives here with me, and I don’t have room for another rabbit on my shelf, which means that this little fellow is looking for a kind new home – can you help?
For the chance to win this little blue bunny please leave a comment below telling me what new softie pattern you’d like to see in the Bustle & Sew softie store. The winner will be chosen by random selection and I will post worldwide. The draw will close at midnight BST on Tuesday 21 May.
Good luck everyone!
I know Fuzzypeg was the hedgehog in Alison Uttley’s “Little Grey Rabbit” stories. (I loved them as a child).
But my Fuzzypeg is after all a grey rabbit – so I thought the name would suit – to me he looks like a Fuzzypeg and I do hope you like him. The pattern to make your very own Fuzzypeg will be in the May issue of the Bustle & Sew Magazine – out on Thursday 25th April.
We had a lovely Easter. The weather was reasonably kind to us – cold, but dry, so our Egg Hunt was able to go ahead as planned. Ben and Daisy went up into the garden with Rosie and Dan to help hide all the chocolate goodies, but I am sorry to have to tell you that, after only a few minutes they were returned to the kitchen in disgrace.
Ben had spotted that the eggs were being placed in nooks and crannies just out of his reach. Clearly he felt this was totally unsatisfactory but, due to his rather lazy nature, he didn’t try to jump up and reach them. Oh no …. he simply bumped his big furry body into the bushes and trees holding eggs and gave them a good shake – which definitely achieved the desired results as far as he was concerned. Luckily his bad behaviour was spotted before he and Daisy had chance to consume his ill-gotten gains and that was when they were both returned to the kitchen in disgrace!
So there were lots of goodies left for Emily and Oliver (my friend Lisa’s twins) to discover. I think they were pleased with their treasures! Then after lunch everybody wanted to relax – except for the youngest member of the family ….
Who was quite determined to stay awake! Eventually even she was persuaded to lie quietly for a cuddle …
Though she didn’t stay quiet for very long!
Here at Bustle & Sew Easter isn’t quite over yet – my 40% off Easter Eggstravaganza finishes at midnight tonight (BST) so there’s still time to pick up a cracking (groan!) good bargain – you don’t even need a code, your discount is automatically deducted at checkout.
And finally … bunnies are not just for Easter …. here’s a sneak peak at my Curlywurly Cottontails pattern for next month’s magazine…
I’ll tell you a bit more about the Curlywurly Cottontails next time!